The Arthur’s Seat Eagle is the most fun way to take in the views over the Mornington Peninsula and is a must-do experience when in the Mornington Peninsula, Australia.
This Mornington Peninsula gondola takes you up over the treetops to the highest point of the Mornington Peninsula and gives you incredible views across the bay and out towards the city.
An Arthur’s Seat chairlift has operated here to climb the mountain since 1960, although this was closed in 2006 following a series of accidents and was later dismantled.
The current modern gondola has been in operation since the end of 2016 following a $20 million investment, and is a very slick operation.
Travel time to the top takes approximately 14 minutes. Once at the top, there are several walking tracks to choose from, depending on how much time and energy you have.
Arthur’s Seat is a haven for wildlife, so keep your eyes out for kangaroos, koalas, bandicoots, and tree goannas as well as an abundance of birdlife.
The Summit Circuit Walk takes around an hour and takes in several lookouts. If you are short of time, try to at least make the shorter walk out to Matthew Flinders Cairn to enjoy the spectacular views over the bay.
The cairn was originally created by British explorer Matthew Flinders, who was the first European to scale Arthur’s Seat.
Flinders, who was the leader of the first circumnavigation of Australia, scaled the peak of Arthur’s Seat (named due to its resemblance to the hill of the same name in Edinburgh, Scotland) and deposited his ship’s name on a piece of paper under a pile of stones or ‘cairn’.
The cairn has since been rebuilt to a much larger scale and still marks the historic occasion today.
The Arthurs Seat walk out to the cairn is easily manageable with kids and only takes around 10-minutes return.
There is a café at the top where you can enjoy a drink or lunch with a view.
If you are visiting with kids, be sure to pick up the scavenger hunt from the ticket desk before you jump aboard the gondola. This includes wildlife to spot and things to count along the way.
The Arthur’s Seat Eagle is one of the top attractions in Mornington Peninsula so to get here early to avoid the queues.
The Eagle opens at 10am daily throughout the year, except in the summer school holidays (26thDec – 27thJan) when it opens at 9am. We arrived at 9.30am and despite it being a weekend during summer school holidays, there was no queue when we arrived. There was a queue by the time we returned to the base around midday.
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